Do you like shiny things as much as we do? Because we just found a few places on planet Earth that glow like magic! Remember that scene from Life of Pi where the boy is in a boat over an ocean that glows? Places like those actually exist. Check these places out!
1. Mosquito Bay, Puerto Rico
Would you like to kayak above glowing water? Here’s your chance! This bay is considered the best example of a bioluminescent bay, thus it is also called the Bioluminescent Bay or the Bio Bay. The luminescence is caused by a micro-organism whose scientific name is Pyrodinium bahamense, which glows a neon blue when the water is disturbed!
2. Navarre beach, Florida
The plankton in Navarre beach glow during the warm summer months. This beach is found in the Santa Rosa Island, in the Gulf of Mexico.The glow leaves a blue hue which makes it look like there’s a blue comet in the ocean!
3. Nagoya City, Japan
Expect fireflies to dance around the night sky, lighting it up like little fireworks across the forest as they try to attract their mates. Fireflies produce a chemical light which glows either yellow, green or red. You’ll feel as if you’ve entered an enchanted forest, like a real life Disney movie!
4. Matsu Islands, Taiwan
Here you shall find sudden blobs of glowing blue colour, which have been popularly named as ‘blue tears’. Researchers studied water samples and found the bioluminescence coming from a type of algae called the Noctilusa scintillans. Their presence indicates that there is an ecological balance in that part of the ocean!
5. Waitomo Glowworm Caves, New Zealand
Enter a cave of wonder, where the walls glow because of mosquito-sized glowworms! Known as Arachnocampa luminosa, they glow a neon blue and these species are only found in New Zealand. You’ll cave in to see this cave for sure!
6. Springbrook Park, Australia
Can’t get enough of glowworms? Here’s another glowworm destination! Nighttime hikes through this national park will leave you breathless, with glowworms lighting up the route for you. The best time to visit is monsoon, but don’t forget your umbrella!
7. Toyama Bay, Japan
We’ve saved the best for last. This bay doesn’t glow because of micro-organisms or algae, it glows because of phosphorescent creatures called firefly squids! It’s best to visit this bay in the winter, when the firefly squids arrive for spawning season!
Love unusual places like these? Add these places to your checklist!